Publication Launch – Tales Untold

PUBLICATION LAUNCH & PANEL DISCUSSION Monday, July 16, 2018 | 6-8 pm FREE | Everyone Welcome Join me at The Reach Gallery Museum for the launch of the publication to accompany Tales Untold, an exhibition of visual art and text. For the panel discussion I will be joining writers Susan Musgrave and Zsuzsi Gartner, as well … Continue reading Publication Launch – Tales Untold

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“Vancouver to Edmonton, 2017” – Erika Thorkelson

I wrote this piece of flash fiction about love in troubled times in response to work by artist Chelsea Rushton

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Chelsea Rushton_The Heart's PrayerWe’re driving back to the prairies for your niece’s wedding. Hottest day of the year and the truck’s AC is broken. The mountains are blue ghosts under a gauzy sky. On the radio, the news is bad. Riots in Venezuela, squabbling world leaders, white supremacists. Everyone wants more than they have, even if they already have everything. The air tastes like wildfires and cow manure.

My horoscope says to stay positive, but I don’t buy it. You say you have a headache and my brain sidles into worst-case scenarios—a stroke, a tumour, viral meningitis. To cheer you up, I sing show tunes, but I only know the chorus to “Good Morning” from Singin’ in the Rain.

I’m supposed to be navigating, but I never speak up in time and you never listen. I tell you to take the next exit, but you keep going straight. We have to cross…

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Shortlisted

"Occhokochoi," a short memoir that came out of my time in Japan was short-listed in the Event Non-fiction Contest. Congratulations to the winners, especially classmate Chris Urquhart, whose piece "Issues of Skin" will appear in the magazine soon.

Locution

Last Thursday we held the first Locution of the 2010-2011 school year. Locution is the MFA program's informal monthly reading series at the venerable Pulpfiction Books on Main Street, which gives students a chance to read beside more experienced readers and even the occasional big wig--last year we featured Maisonneuve editor Carmine Starnino and and … Continue reading Locution